The unfolding political clash between Russia and the Ukraine threatens to impact European Union policy frameworks and long term plans to replace coal with cleaner burning gas power plants, according to the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.
Gas supply infrastructure for the 120 MW Musandam power plant in Oman is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of this year. Once fully operational, it will be the state's first gas-fired power plant.
The new infrastructure is part of final construction works on the nearby Musandam gas processing plant, with total costs estimated to come in at $600 million.
Laser repair for gas turbine components may soon be a commercial reality thanks to research from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). “Potential savings include the reduction of maintenance cost, shortening repair cycles and extending component life,” Xue Lijue, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.
Construction of the long-anticipated 200 MW Delimara gas power plant and LNG terminal in Malta has started with initial drilling work taking place this week, according to the island's Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi.
Israel's Public Utilities Authority (PUA) has issued new guidelines for power generators of how to handle domestic gas supply shortages. In such circumstances, private power producers will take priority as state-owned utility Israel Electric Corp (IEC) can switch to alternative fuels, such as gasoil or fuel oil.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that natural gas-fired power generation will be the dominant new source of power until 2040, with barely any new coal plants added after 2015. The EIA’s anticipated that between 2013 and 2040 new gas plants will add 255 GW while coal will add 3 GW in total.
South Africa’s largest utility Eskom plans to switch its open cycle diesel power plants to run on natural gas in a bid to save on diesel costs that topped $1 billion last year. The state-owned utility will initially focus on switching over plants in the Western Cape that generated 3,621 GWh in 2013.
Senate committees in Mexico have backed laws that regulate the opening of state-run oil and gas industries to private investment. The latest bill includes a raft of secondary laws supporting energy reforms, including a hydrocarbons law, which sets out contracts, fines and the ownership of Mexican oil and gas resources.
India is keen on more reliable power generation capacity and offers tax holidays for plant operators, according to the recently published first budget of president Modi’s new government. “Supply of power continues to be a major area of concern for the country,” Arun Jaitley, the Indian Minister of Finance said, adding he would “extend the 10 year tax holiday” for companies working in power generation, distribution or transmission.
Saudi Arabia needs to spend close to $90 billion developing new power generation capacity, according to the kingdom’s Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA). The required investment comes alongside an expected $44 billion that needs to be spend to upgrade transmission and distribution upgrades.
Spanish engineering firm Tecnicas Reunidas has won a contract to design and build a 500 MW gas power plant in Ilo, Southern Peru. The open-cycle plant will cost a total of $240 million to construct and due for commissioning in September 2016.